W.C. Handy Music Festival 2024

Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 28

2024's Handy Headliner: The BAR-KAYS

It’s the Return of the Mack himself!  Larry Dodson, the famous lead vocalist of the Bar-Kays is coming back to the Shoals and he’s bringing the world famous Bar-Kays with him!  That’s right, Memphis will just have to miss them for a minute because the Bar-Kays are headlining the W.C. Handy Music Festival! 

From Stax Records to stages worldwide, the Bar-Kays have kept us on the dance floor with songs like Shake Your Rump To The Funk, Hit and Run, Move Your Boogie Body,  Holy Ghost, Sexomatic, Too Hot To Stop, Attitudes, She Talks To Me With Her Body, Freak Show on the Dance Floor (complete with a boa constrictor!), Son of Shaft, and Return of the Mack.  They racked up twenty-three singles on the R&B charts in an eleven year span, and those were just some of their songs.  They’ve had songs charting from the sixties up until today.  Their music has been featured in movie soundtracks, sung and sampled by other artists, and can be heard on radio around the world. 

Larry is also a solo artist, affectionately called “Uncle Larry”, and has made a  name for himself in the southern soul genre.  Don’t miss the chance to move your own boogie body because a Bar-Kays show with an opening by the Shoals area’s local star Lorinda “Pinky” Warren Pryor is just too hot to stop!

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA

Saturday July 27th 7pm

at UNA’s Norton Auditorium

$40.00 General Admission

$75 for VIP Seating and Reception

Tickets available at Counts Brothers Music, Ye Olde General Store, WZZA Radio, (and after July 14 at Handy Headquarters)

Click a flyer above for more information.

Concession Locations

Handy Headquarters
Southhall Moore House
215 East Tuscaloosa Street
Florence, AL
256-766-7642

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Alabama Music Hall of Fame
617 US-72 W
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
256-381-4417

Operating Hours
Tue-Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sun: Closed

Coats Clothing Store
122 North Court Street
Florence, AL 35630
256-760-0033

Counts Brothers Music
713 Waverly Avenue
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
256-383-7454

Operating Hours
M-F: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sun: Closed

Ye Olde General Store
219 N Seminary St.
Florence, AL 35630
256-764-0601

Operating Hours
Tue-Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sun: Closed

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Join us for the Official W.C. Music Festival 2024 Poster Signing - Friday, July 5!Meet the design contest winner, artist Dinah Rhodes, and snag the first signed posters of the festival. The meet and greet will be Friday from 11 to 1 at 103 Simpson Street (Keepers Korner) in North Florence. Signed/numbered posters are $10, unsigned are $5 and will be available for purchase at this location daily. Hours are Monday - Saturday 11 to 6 and Sunday 1 to 5. Other locations will be announced.Event t-shirts and printed schedules will be available soon. Please check the Facebook page for the release information. You can view the most recent online schedule at www.wchandymusicfestival.com which will be updated daily. ... See MoreSee Less
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